When Lille was founded, they played their home games in Stade Grimonprez-Jooris, close to the city centre and next to the Citadel of Lille. But LOSC realised around the turn of the century that if they wanted to compete with the top teams, they had to build a new stadium. Preferably in the same place, but because of the historical place Grimonprez-Jooris, which is right next to the Citadel from the 17th century, the plans had to be cancelled. The old stadium disappeared entirely, except for one thing: The Monument of Henri Jooris, the man who the old stadium was named after and former chairman of Olympique Lillois, the predecessor of Lille OSC. The monument used to stand right in front of the main entrance and hasn't moved since.